HC Deb 08 July 2003 vol 408 c762W
Annabelle Ewing

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many senior departmental posts were advertised in each year since June 1999; and how many of those were advertised in the Scottish press. [120666]

Maria Eagle

Senior posts are defined as those posts that are covered by open competition to the senior civil service.

The Department for Work and Pensions was formed on 8 June 2001 from parts of the former Department of Social Security and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment. The figures prior to 8 June 2001 are in the table and relate to the Department of Social Security only.

Number of posts externally advertised
June 1999 to March 2000 3
April 2000 to March 2001 7
April 2001 to March 2002 11
April 2002 to March 2003 29
April 2003 to June 2003 5

None of the adverts were placed in specific Scottish newspapers as the circulation of the national press includes Scotland.

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